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Vice President's Message

University Advancement - Bedford McIntosh is the vice president of university advancement.

In my 37-year career as a fundraiser for universities, I’ve often heard people say, “I could never do what you do!” The idea of asking someone to donate money is terrifying to many. In fact, I know of a former U.S. Secretary of State who expressed just such a trepidation in making a fundraising call for his alma mater. 

At the risk of my own job security, I’ll tell you a secret: It is actually very easy to ask. In reality, fundraisers merely serve as a liaison in the relationship between our donors and Cal Poly Pomona, whether the beneficiary here is a college, department, faculty member or a student. We fundraisers play a complementary role to our donors, who are making the weighty decision to sacrifice a portion of their resources for a need, a goal or sometimes even an institution’s dream. The institution we represent has the significant obligation to steward those resources wisely, appropriately and effectively. While we may have a role facilitating the donation, clearly you and our many donors deserve the primary credit for what gets accomplished. We are just lucky — and truly honored — to have a front-row seat for the sequence of events. 

Long ago, one of my wise volunteers shared an appeal he expressed to others: “Don’t give until it hurts. Give until it feels good!” I hope you not only feel good but great about what you have done for Cal Poly Pomona! You deserve it.

Thank you again for your support.

Bedford McIntosh

Vice President for University Advancement